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How do I override a student's final grade in the Gradebook?

The Final Grade Override allows you to enter a final grade for students that is different from the grade automatically calculated by Canvas in the Gradebook. You can enter a letter grade or a percentage. A letter grade results in the lower bound of the grading scheme. A percentage is retained as the override score.

An override can be applied to final grades in grading periods, but the overridden grades from the grading period will not affect the student's total final course grade.

Students can view the overridden grade in their Grades page. However, students will not know the score has been overridden.


  • Final Grade Override is currently a course opt-in feature. To enable the final grade override, learn how to manage course features.
  • When a grader, such as an instructor or TA, enables the Final Grade Override option, the Override column displays for all graders in the course. Likewise, the Override column will be hidden if disabled by another grader in the course.
  • The override column is included in Gradebook exports and can be changed with a Gradebook import.
  • If your SIS accepts final grades through grade passback, any entered override grades are included in SIS syncs in place of the calculated final grade.
  • After the final grade override feature preview has been enabled in a course, both the Gradebook and Final Grade Override options cannot be disabled.
  • Final grade override actions are not recorded in the Grading History page, which only records changes for individual assignments.
  • Your Canvas admin may need to configure SIS sync settings for final grade overrides to correctly sync to your SIS.
  • When a final grade override is entered as a letter grade, the percentage score for the assignment is the lower limit of the range assigned to that letter grade in the grading scheme. For example, your course grading scheme may designate a range of 86% to 89% for a B+ letter grade. Entering a B+ for a final grade override assigns a percentage of 86%. To ensure students receive a specific percentage for their final grade, enter the grade override as a percentage.

Open Grades

Open Grades

In Course Navigation, click the Grades link.

Open Gradebook Settings

Click the Settings icon.

Select Final Grade Override

In Gradebook Settings, open the Advanced tab [1] and then click the Allow final grade override checkbox [2]. Click the Update button [3].

Enter Override Grade

Enter Override Grade

The override column displays at the far right of the Gradebook. Locate the student whose grade you want to override and enter a percentage or a letter grade in the Override column.

To delete an overridden grade, click the grade cell and click the Delete key.

View Override Grade

View Override Grade

View the overridden grade.